Thomas Shara Named Second Vice Chairman for NJBankers Board of Directors

Oak Ridge, N.J. – July 11, 2018 – Lakeland Bank is pleased to announce that Thomas J. Shara, president and CEO, was recently named second vice chairman of the New Jersey Bankers Association (NJBankers) at the Association’s 114th Annual Conference held in May.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to represent our state’s banking industry in this role and look forward to advocating for our membership’s interests,” said Shara. “It is an honor to be a part of the NJBankers leadership team assisting Bill Moss and Tom Kemly.”

Shara has served several terms over the years on the 25-member NJBankers board of directors. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic, the Board of Directors of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, the Board of Governors of the Ramapo College Foundation and the Chilton Medical Center Foundation. Shara was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. and Lakeland Bank in April 2008. 

The primary mission of NJBankers is to represent membership’s interests before state and federal government and regulatory authorities. In addition, NJBankers provides members with services and support in public and media relations, education and employee health insurance benefit programs. Two River Community Bank President and Chief Executive Officer, William D. Moss, was named chairman of NJBankers and Columbia Bank, President and CEO, Thomas J. Kemly was named first vice chairman. The leadership team will preside over the 25-member NJBankers Board of Directors in these roles for a term of one year.

About Lakeland Bank

Lakeland Bank is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI), which has $5.5 billion in total assets. The Bank operates 53 branch offices throughout Bergen, Essex, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union counties in New Jersey including one branch in Highland Mills, New York; six New Jersey regional commercial lending centers in Bernardsville, Jackson, Montville, Newton, Teaneck and Waldwick; and one in New York to serve the Hudson Valley region. Lakeland also has a commercial loan production office serving Middlesex and Monmouth counties in New Jersey.  Lakeland Bank offers an extensive suite of financial products and services for businesses and consumers. Visit for more information.

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